Photo: Imani Nia Photography
A Filmmaker who is making the invisible... SEEN!
Appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show
with Gail King & Spelman College Students
Laura began speaking on societal issues when she was a teenager in her hometown Detroit, Michigan. She was selected as a Rosa Parks Scholar while serving as a teen leader in her community. For several years she has actively engaged in social issues of our communities. Laura recognizes the importance of activism and how young adults can contribute to change in our society. She continues to charge young adults to actively confront systems of oppression and elevate the human condition across race, class and gender in our communities.
In 2006 while attending Spelman College, she produced, wrote, directed and edited her first short documentary Breaking Silences ©2006, an award winning documentary sponsored by the National Black Programming Consortium and the Digital Moving Image Salon at Spelman College. It confronts the increase of sexual terrorism on college campuses. It has been screened nationally and internationally as a teaching tool in colleges and universities. Her activist practicum while attending Spelman resulted in her second short documentary A Journey Shared: Reflections of Toni Cade Bambara © 2007 & 2008, which has been screened nationally at film festivals, conferences, colleges and universities.
Her activism has received national attention. She was one of seven Spelman College students selected to speak on the Oprah Winfrey Show for their two day segment“After Imus, Now What?” in 2007. Laura focuses her efforts of activism in digital video creations that ignite change. Due to her commitment to the eradication of social injustices and the disruption of normative oppressions across race, class and gender she intends to positively contribute to the media industry. Through her lens as an African Diasporan woman she desires to impact our global society by providing narratives of the those voices often not heard. Her passion is to produce digital media that inspire and awaken our consciousness by making the invisible SEEN .
Laura returned to Spelman College to received her B.A. in comparative women's studies with concentrations in sociology and anthropology in 2007, after several years leave of absence to focus on raising her children(who are now wonderful young adults). She graduated with honors in comparative women’s studies, sociology and anthropology. She currently resides in Atlanta, Georgia.
Her first feature length film BROKEN SOCIAL CONTRACTS © 2008 is a 75 minute video follow-up to her short film Breaking Silences.
She is currently in production of her next film that reveals the duality of two artists journey.